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David Mech, one of North America’s foremost wolf experts, with one of the residents of Ely, Minnesota’s International Wolf Center.

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David Mech, one of North America’s foremost wolf experts, with one of the residents of Ely, Minnesota’s International Wolf Center.

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David Mech, one of North America’s foremost wolf experts, with one of the residents of Ely, Minnesota’s International Wolf Center.

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David Mech, one of North America’s foremost wolf experts, with one of the residents of Ely, Minnesota’s International Wolf Center.

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David Mech, one of North America’s foremost wolf experts, with one of the residents of Ely, Minnesota’s International Wolf Center.

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David Mech, one of North America’s foremost wolf experts, with one of the residents of Ely, Minnesota’s International Wolf Center.

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David Mech, one of North America’s foremost wolf experts, with one of the residents of Ely, Minnesota’s International Wolf Center.

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Wild wolf on the beach in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia.

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Wild wolf on the beach in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia.

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Wild wolf on the beach in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia.

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Wild wolf on the beach in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia.

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Wild wolf on the beach in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia.

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Wild wolf on the beach in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia.

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Gray wolves on Vargas Island have become habituated because of feeding by tourists. The wolves are not only a threat to humans, but are also putting themselves in danger of extermination by approaching humans. Here, naturalist Doug Chadwick tries to chase one away through intimidation.

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Wild wolves on the beach in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia.

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Wild wolves on the beach in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia.

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Wild wolves on the beach in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia.

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Wild wolves on the beach in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia.

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A wild wolf on a Clayoquot Sound, BC beach faces off with adomestic dog. The wolves have been habituated to human presence — and will likely be exterminated as soon as they go looking in the wrong places for the food they’ve come to expect.

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Wild wolves on the beach in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia.

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Wild wolves on the beach in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia.

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Steve Diggon, an assistant/fixer on the Wolves to Whales shoot, tries to keep his dog out of the way of a habituated wolf on Vargas Island, BC.

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Steve Diggon, an assistant/fixer on the Wolves to Whales shoot, tries to keep his dog out of the way of a habituated wolf on Vargas Island, BC.

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Steve Diggon, an assistant/fixer on the Wolves to Whales shoot, tries to keep his dog out of the way of a habituated wolf on Vargas Island, BC.

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A polar bear, fresh from feeding on whale remains, peeks in the window of a truck near Kaktovik, Alaska.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened polar bear (Ursus maritimus) foraging in a dumpster at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska (one of the world’s largest industrial zones.)

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At “Bear World” in Rexburg, Idaho, one grizzly stands upright peering into a car while another tries to hitch a ride.

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“Bear World” in Rexburg, Idaho on the way to Yellowstone National Park provides visitors with an up-close encounter with grizzly bears.

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“Bear World” in Rexburg, Idaho on the way to Yellowstone National Park provides visitors with an up-close encounter with grizzly bears.

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“Bear World” in Rexburg, Idaho on the way to Yellowstone National Park provides visitors with an up-close encounter with grizzly bears.

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“Bear World” in Rexburg, Idaho on the way to Yellowstone National Park provides visitors with an up-close encounter with grizzly bears.

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“Bear World” in Rexburg, Idaho on the way to Yellowstone National Park provides visitors with an up-close encounter with grizzly bears.

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“Bear World” in Rexburg, Idaho on the way to Yellowstone National Park provides visitors with an up-close encounter with grizzly bears.

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A giant anteater is bottle-fed on a ranch in Brazil’s Pantanal region. The animal was orphaned as an infant and hand raised by ranch hands. For a while after its release, it returned for its regular feedings but it eventually ventured out on its own.

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A habituated javelina nicknamed “LeRoy” approaches a ranch hand for a handout near Laredo, Texas. Species is also known as the collared peccary (Pecari tajacu).

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